3 weeks ago
The orchestra were due to be a big part of the Town Council's VE Concert 😔. Let's hope we can reschedule in the future. Orchestra rehearsals are also suspended for now. Take care everyone.Our #pershoreabbey #ve75 commemorations have also had to be postponed due to the current situation. We are deeply saddened but will hopefully review them later in the year. ... See MoreSee Less
Worcester Philharmonic Orchestra is feeling proud.
4 weeks ago
We love hearing from our audience, especially comments like these from Saturday's sell out concert:
"What a fabulous concert. Irina was magnificent and the orchestra has been absolutely transformed since I heard them last year."
"Thank you so much for the splendid concert, which was a sheer delight"
"The dedication of all the performers was obvious and inspiring"
Thank you everyone who came to hear us, let us know what you thought! ... See MoreSee Less
Meet the Orchestra! 🎶
Sarah is part of the first Violins.
“I started playing the violin at the age of 7, having always been surrounded by music. I have very early memories of my grandpa playing Chopin to lull me off to sleep, of dancing round the kitchen like a lunatic to Saint Saëns' organ symphony with my mum, and later of watching her playing in orchestral concerts and being mesmerised by the violin section. I've always been lucky to have a talented accompanist on tap, and mum and I still play together when time allows.
I really enjoyed being part of Worcestershire Youth Orchestra and later the university orchestra at Leeds. As well as playing with the Worcester Philharmonic Orchestra, I love playing in a string quartet and feel lucky to have met so many wonderful people through music making.
As a career I am head of languages in a secondary school and teach French and German. I also help out with music in school, playing with the orchestra, and even being persuaded to learn the bass guitar for a school production of Grease.”
We are keeping our fingers crossed Sarah will be playing in our concert on March 7th. She is due to give birth to her first baby any time! We send all best wishes to mother and baby! ... See MoreSee Less
Worcester Philharmonic Orchestra is feeling happy.
1 month ago
Our concert on Saturday is now sold out!
We're looking forward to playing to a full house 🎻🎹 ... See MoreSee Less
Meet the orchestra! 🎶
Pippa Tennant is co-principal clarinet of the WPO. Pippa’s father was an accompanist and started to teach her the piano when she was 3, after she had written her name on his grand piano with a safety pin! She started learning the clarinet at secondary school – she really wanted to play the oboe, but the oboe teacher had no spaces! However, she got on really well with her clarinet teacher, so soon forgot about the oboe!
Pippa used to teach languages, but playing the clarinet has always been her favourite pastime wherever she has lived. Pippa’s daughter, Sarah, plays in the WPO’s 1st violin section, and also teaches languages. There must be something in the genes! Sarah is expecting her first baby this month, so we are wondering if she will be with us on March 7th! Pippa will be there for sure - listen out for her clarinet solos, especially the cuckoo call in the Beethoven symphony.
So will Pippa’s new grandchild be a language-loving musician or a musical linguist?
Photograph by Michael Whitefoot Photography ... See MoreSee Less